12 episodes

Ever click a link and think… "Uh oh!"
"What the Hack?" is a new podcast that makes getting scammed, hacked, phished or cyber bushwhacked seem a little less terrifying. You might even have fun. It's one part true crime whodunnit (or what happened) and one part how to fix it.
Every week the "What the Hack?" crew talks to fascinating people about some of the most terrifying (or annoying, embarrassing, infuriating) things that ever happened to them in cyberspace. "What the Hack?" tells you what happened, what you can do next and how to keep whatever it was from happening again.
Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here's What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We've got your back.
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Ever click a link and think… "Uh oh!"
"What the Hack?" is a new podcast that makes getting scammed, hacked, phished or cyber bushwhacked seem a little less terrifying. You might even have fun. It's one part true crime whodunnit (or what happened) and one part how to fix it.
Every week the "What the Hack?" crew talks to fascinating people about some of the most terrifying (or annoying, embarrassing, infuriating) things that ever happened to them in cyberspace. "What the Hack?" tells you what happened, what you can do next and how to keep whatever it was from happening again.
Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here's What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We've got your back.
Available wherever you get your podcasts.

    Mary Snags a Catfish

    Mary Snags a Catfish

    Mary is a lot of things. Cannabinoid cooking maven, former radio host, and her banter could make the saltiest sailor blush. When she was angling to find love (and sex) online, a rather young-sounding catfish took the bait. But she lived to tell the tale (pun fully intended) financially intact. Also: a rogues’ gallery of fishy dad jokes.
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    • 33 min
    Joyce and a Bank Robber Play MahJong

    Joyce and a Bank Robber Play MahJong

    Like many of us, Joyce spent many hours during the Covid lockdown connecting with friends playing games online--MahJong mostly. Imagine her surprise when using a legitimate app to find a scammer trying to empty her entire bank account. The likely culprit: an in-app advertisement. This episode is about the danger posed by the ads in the games we play.  
    Also featured: Beau gets got by the bad guys, sort of.
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    • 27 min
    Ed’s Crash Facebook Diet

    Ed’s Crash Facebook Diet

    How do you know when you’ve been hacked? What happens when you lose control of an account, but don’t see any other unusual activity? Is it a mistyped password, or a hacker simply biding their time?
    On this week’s episode, we speak with Ed, who found himself locked out of his Facebook account but saw no other indication of foul play. That is, until he noticed an unfamiliar email address attached to his account…
    Also discussed: Remote access trojans and phony ransomware.
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    • 34 min
    Paul’s High-Touch Hacker

    Paul’s High-Touch Hacker

    Paul Toma is in the business of making the world a greener place, which made him into a target for someone looking to tap into his credit at a local bank. A stroke of luck was all that stood between him and economic ruin. Find out in the latest episode how Paul was compromised and why you should never reuse your passwords.
    Also featured: Ransomware gangs continue to suck at public relations. 
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    • 29 min
    Dan Stops a Slow-Roll Ransomware Attack

    Dan Stops a Slow-Roll Ransomware Attack

    Meet Dan Beeler of Boyne Resorts. He’s a cool guy, and no slouch when it comes to cybersecurity. The job: oversee the data and cybersecurity that makes possible a kingdom of outdoor bliss: skiing, fishing, hiking, ziplining, Segway tours, etc. If it’s cool and only doable outside, chances are good Boyne Resorts offers it. 
    As CIO, one of Dan’s jobs is to protect fans of the great outdoors (or at least their data) from prying eyes and the myriad perils our personally identifiable information are subject to daily. Fending off the assortment of cyber attacks that come his way? All in a day’s work. 
    That’s why Dan was the first to know when his company got hit by ransomware. Hear what happened, and how Dan saved the day in this latest episode of “What the Hack with Adam Levin."
    Also: Should ransom payments be tax deductible? We ponder this question over chicken nugget smoothies.
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    • 31 min
    Noah Doesn’t Buy the Ark

    Noah Doesn’t Buy the Ark

    Feeling like you needed a break this summer? As we finally started to emerge from quarantine, reconnect with family, and maybe enjoy some fresh air, scammers were busy with new and familiar lures for netting unsuspecting victims. To wit: Noah’s son, who had a boat coming to him. Sadly, buying one during the pandemic was like trying to raise the Titanic. This episode focuses on that moment Noah found a deal that was too good to be true—literally. Hear Noah’s story of boat-selling skullduggery averted, and learn how be like Noah when it comes to online scams. Also: Beau wrangles ticks.
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    • 30 min

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